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Tickets for Joshua Tree's Stunning Stargazing Festival Sell Out Fast. Here's Where to Get One

Joshua Tree Festivals Astronomy
by Katie Scott Aiton Jul 1, 2024

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the best places in the US to go stargazing. Every October, the park hosts a festival celebrating its dark skies. Tickets for the event go on sale today, but you’ll have to move fast to score a pass. This is one of the hottest stargazing festivals in the country.

This year will mark the ninth Night Sky Festival, which will be held from Friday, October 4, to Saturday, October 5. The two-day event, in partnership with Joshua Tree National Park, Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, and other local organizations, celebrates the park’s stunning dark skies.

The festival offers a variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Attendees can enjoy stargazing through telescopes, participate in educational talks, and learn about the importance of preserving dark skies. As a community, Joshua Tree has worked hard to minimize light pollution and preserve the integrity of the night sky.

While the festival is located at Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center (a local observatory equipped with high-powered telescopes), just outside the park’s north entrance, it is a good idea to find lodging in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, or other nearby towns, as this popular event tends to draw a crowd. You can also camp in the park. One of the best spots is Cottonwood but consider Jumbo Rocks if it’s full. All campgrounds require reservations, so again book in advance.

Tickets go on sale today, Monday, July 1, at 8:00 AM PDT.

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